Much is remembered of the Vietnam War and World War II. Little is said of what is known as "The Forgotten War", the Korean War. It is said to be forgotten due to being sandwiched between the Vietnam and WWII wars. Perhaps there is another reason, a painful reason. A general was placed in charge who had already shown his disregard for following Defense Department and Presidential commands not so many years before. As a matter of fact, he was called out of retirement to specifically manage the Korean Conflict. Here we had a general who had reported to Washington an out and out lie when asked if he was prepared for an invasion by Japan as a follow-up to Pearl Harbor. Thousands of American lives, over 60% from New Mexico, were lost as the direct result of the ineptitude of this man. He had an unusual level of support from the ultra-conservative politicians of that era (all of whom were guilty of spreading complete and total lies attacking whichever president was in office at the time) until his eventual firing was upheld by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and truth finally coming out. The one and only positive action this man took was the invasion of Inchon. The success of that invasion was not due to his military genius; no, far from it, the N. Koreans in Inchon were poorly trained, lacking sufficient weapons, and were under the direction of officers equally, if not greater, poorly trained as they. There was no resistance what-so-ever. The news of that success supercharged the moral of the US and UN men on the battle front down south in Pusan making them the proverbial "lean, mean, fighting machine." The United Nations forces were on a role; but, not to anything arising from the military genius of Douglas MacArthur. Thousands of lives were lost and thousands handicapped as a result of his failure to accept the fact that the Chinese had entered into the conflict on the side of their "brothers", the North Koreans; that is, until it was to late. The men and women on the ground, the support personal were all valiant. In this war anyone at the level of being on the ground in Korea is a hero, or heroine. They were ill equipped, improperly trained, and provided with inadequate supplies, materials and clothing for the climatic conditions in North and South Korea. The agreed upon demilitarized zone is roughly the same location from which the fighting began in the first place. So many lives lost, so much pain and suffering.
Here was a war, a conflict, from which the world, the United States of America, had come out on the short end of the stick. There has never been a declaration of peace signed between the two nations. They did agree to a cessation of hostilities, meaning both countries continue to be in a state of war with one another. Such a high price to pay for the inability of the voters in the United States to see truth; not the words piped out of the mouths of politicians.
A unconscionable price paid in consideration of N. Korea now entering the atomic era.